Don Messer’s Breakdown reel

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Don Messer's Breakdown has been added to 32 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Don Messer's Breakdown
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
GF|ECEG c2ea|g2ea gece|dcde fdBd|cBcA G2GF|
ECEG c2ea|g2ea gece|dcde fdBd|cBcd c2:|
GF|E2G2c2e2|g4 g4|{efg}a2g2f2e2|dedc BcBA|
G2FG BGBd|g4 g4|{efg}a2g2 fdBd|cBcd c2:|
X: 2
T: Don Messer's Breakdown
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
FE|:ECEG .c2ea|(3gag ea gece|d^cde fdBd|=cdcA GAGF|
ECEG {B}c2ea|(3gag ea gece|d^cde fdBd|{B}=c2e2 cA (3G_GF:|
|:.E2.G2 (3cd^de2|g6 (3efg|.a2.g2 .f2ef|decd (3BcB A^F|
G2^FG BGBd|d[dg] zd [d2g2](3efg|.a2.g2 fdBd|(3cdc Bd cA (3G_GF:|

Seven comments

This tune sounds alittle more "bluegrassy" or "Americana" than trad. Irish, but it’s on Leahy’s album and played very well.

It works as a reel and is quite fun to play…

I guess

I guess that does make sense, Leahy is a Cape Breton band….

Leahy is from Ontario, a long way from Cape Breton.

OK, but they play Cape Breton music….

Well, truth be told, the family has Cape Breton heritage. :)

Don Messer’s Breakdown, X:2

As played by Canadian champion fiddler, Shane Cook. Swung, of course.